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Monastery of Santo Domingo (Iglesia y Monasterio de Santo Domingo)

Jiron Camana 170 - Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru (San Isidro)
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Lima City Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #10 of 126 Attractions in Lima
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Built by Dominican friars in 1549, this Church and Monastery contains the tombs of Santa Martin de Porres and Peru's other famous saint, Santa Rosa de Lima.
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Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

As part of a half day open top bus tour of Lima, we visited the Monastery of Santo Domingo. The monastery boasts an elaborate ossuary and catacombs. Probably more impressive was the library, which has books and manuscripts dating hundreds of years. There was an illuminated manuscript on display. The tragedy of this site, was that there were paintings hanging... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A nice monastery. No photos allowed. Catacombs in the basement with lots of bones. Don't go if you are claustrophobic. Nice garden in the centre. You can buy coffee. They also have a bookshop.

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was included in a half day tour of the city and I think we may have missed out on some of the highlights as it was a big group and our guide seemed to be in a bit of a hurry. Notwithstanding this fact the monastery was very interesting with the wood carvings, the Spanish tiles and the catacombs.

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Bangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The entire Monastery was a spiritual experience! The Spanish Tiles, The Rose Madonna and the Library were spectacular and a treat for the eyes and the soul. Unfortunately we did not have too much time to spend in the Church/Chapel and it would have been nice if we actually got to speak with one of the 13 remaining priests, inhabiting... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the Monastery of Santo Domingo. For us the highlights were the tour of the catacombs and the library. The library could have been the set for a Harry Potter movie!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Once housing thousands of monks, it was a delight to see all of the paintings, frescoes, and other artifacts that remain on this church.

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Santos, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

There is so much to see and so many details, so take your time stepping back in time. Endless paintings in very good detail. Spanish tiles, wooden ceilings, altars too much to mention. 8.30 to 17.30 daily fee 7 soles www.conventosantodomingolima.org Recommend the visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The three great 17th century saints of Lima were all associated with the Church and Monastery of Santo Domingo: St Rose of Lima, St Martin de Porres, and St Juan Macias. What is more, they all knew each other. Not the prettiest church in Lima, but certainly one of the most historic.

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Kiev
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

San Martin de Porres with the touching life story lived there. They have an excursion into the monastery at 7 sols with the guide in English - quite interesting. Tiles, wooden decoration and furniture, inner yards with fountains. Tombs of 2 main saints of Lima are there.

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dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I was ambivalent when a local man offered to take us to the Monasterio de Santo Domingo-but he said he had seen it 50 times and wanted to see it again..so I had to go. The tour, which was available in English, was delightful. There was so much more to the Monastery than the catacombs. The library was outstanding with... More

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